Immigration Enforcement

N.C. bill considers new, tighter worker verification

Jordan • published June 9, 2008 12:15 am

RALEIGH – An instant screening in a Department of Homeland Security database would follow every job interview in North Carolina if a proposal by state legislators becomes law, with violators losing their business licenses.

The bill in Raleigh follows U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler’s lead in Washington. A key ingredient of the Waynesville Democrat’s immigration plan is a mandate for employers to use the E-Verify program.

Conversations with Shuler’s office led Rep. Charles Thomas, R-Buncombe, and Sen. John Snow, D-Cherokee, to pitch the same idea in the General Assembly.

Today, employers must hire only workers with legal residency, but E-Verify is a voluntary program for all except state agencies.

“We haven’t been enforcing our immigration laws for I don’t know how long, or we wouldn’t be in this mess that we’re in,” Snow said.

Nationwide, about 2.5 million new hires received an E-Verify screening in the second half of 2007. Homeland Security says 13 states require use of the database for some or all jobs, including North Carolina for state workers.



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